Baby Boomers and BeyondTapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50
Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, Band 45 1. Aufl.
How ministry leaders can help older adults be a vital part of Christian community With the explosion of the older adult population, this important book explores the opportunities and challenges that this presents for the Christian community. Amy Hanson challenges us to let go of many old stereotypes regarding aging and embrace a new paradigm that sees older adults as active, healthy and capable of making significant contributions. Debunks the myths of aging that keep us from fully embracing the potential of people in life's second half Offers suggestions on how to re-invent ministry with older adults Focuses on unleashing older adults to serve and make an impact on churches and congregations A volume in the Leadership Network series The author shows church leaders how they can unleash the power of the baby boomer population to strengthen their congregations.
About Leadership Network. Acknowledgments. Introduction: Reinventing Ministry with Older Adults. Part One: Ready for More: The New Old. 1. A Wake-Up Call for the Church: A Reality We Can't Ignore. 2. Not What You Thought: New Ways to Think About Aging. Part Two: The Boomer-and-Beyond World. 3. Aging Well. 4. Relationships and Responsibilities. 5. Retirement: What It Is and What It Is Becoming. Part Three: Harnessing the Potential: Implications for the Church. 6. Letting Go of the “One Size Fits All” Mentality. 7. Serving: The Linchpin of a Successful Ministry. 8. Matters of Faith: Spiritual Growth for the Boomer. 9. Melding the Generations. Conclusion: An Uncharted Opportunity. Notes. About the Author. Index.
THE AUTHOR Amy Hanson, Ph.D., is a speaker, teacher, writer, and consultant who is passionate about motivating church leaders to engage older adults in significant Kingdom work. By the age of twentythree, she led the active adult (fifty plus) ministries at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. Today she unites her doctorate in gerontology and her ministry experience to educate and equip pastors, denominational leaders, students, health care professionals, and older adults on the unique opportunities of an aging America. To learn more visit amyhanson.org.
BABY BOOMERS and BEYOND Baby boomers—arguably the largest segment of the population—are entering their retirement years at an unprecedented rate. With more discretionary time and increased longevity, this group is searching for a way to make a meaningful impact with their lives. Baby Boomers and Beyond explores the opportunities and challenges that the older adult population presents for the Christian community. Author Amy Hanson dares church leadersto let go of stereotypes about aging and embrace a new paradigm, that older adults are for the most part active, healthy, and capable of making significant contributions for the Kingdom of God. Hanson offers a realistic view of the boomersand reveals what matters most to this age group: staying young, juggling multiple relationships,and redefining retirement. By tapping into their needs, pastors can engage this burgeoning group and unleash the power of the boomer generation to enhance and strengthen the mission of the church. The book digs into the questions that arise when working with this growing population. How do we let go of "one-size-fits-all" ministry? What spiritual growth can we encourage? How do we meld multiple generations? And, most important, how do we harness the potential of this new generation? These are important considerations for those who want to be serious about ministering with aging boomers. Baby Boomers and Beyond contains numerous illustrative examples from churches and baby boomers across the country and offers church leaders best practices to put in motion.
Praise for Baby Boomers and Beyond "Amy Hanson does a brilliant job of reminding us that the most powerful and under-utilized source of Kingdom impact is the fifty-plus generation. I have seen firsthand how the mission of Jesus offers them more fulfillment than retirement, golf, or the next sight-seeing trip ever could." Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, COMMUNITY / Movement Leader, NewThing "If you are fifty, or thinking about turning fifty; if you are concerned for the church and long for generations to be unleashed in ministry and community, then this book is the resource you have been looking for." John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church "In this powerful and impassioned book, Amy Hanson urges the church to better serve boomers so boomers can better serve others. It's simple and ingenious, revolutionary and reasonable, lofty and practical." Marc Freedman, author, Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, and CEO, Civic Ventures "Well-written, practical, and full of insight based on current research, Baby Boomers and Beyond opens our eyes and hearts to new ways to embrace older adults, for the benefit ofthe whole church and to the glory of God." Dr. Sue Edwards, assistant professor of Christian education, Dallas Theological Seminary, and author of four books on church leadership and the Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series "Amy Hanson reminds us of the work still to be done making disciples of an older generation. I encourage you to find ways to lead boomers into a dynamic walk with Christ and engage them in the mission of God's Kingdom." Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, www.edstetzer.com "The insights and strategies for ministry with boomers and older adults as detailed in this book are a must read for all church leaders seeking to be faithful to God and who want to be engaged in Kingdom building." Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., director, Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries, The United Methodist Church, and author, Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century
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